GOP gubernatorial candidate under fire for distributing pics of kids identifying as animals to slam schools

In the final weeks of an election season, things can get catty.

In this instance, education officials in Colorado are refuting a claim by GOP gubernatorial nominee and successful entrepreneur Heidi Ganahl that some public school students are identifying as felines.

“Ganahl…said in a radio interview last week that ‘schools are tolerating’ students ‘identifying as cats.’ She then doubled down on that position in subsequent interviews over the past several days,” the Denver Post reported on Tuesday.

“Officials for Denver Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools, Aurora Public Schools and Colorado Springs School District 11 all denied having any issues with students dressing up as cats or other animals. Two statewide organizations, representing teachers and administrators, criticized Ganahl’s claims and said they had never been made aware of such issues, either,” the Post explained.

A mom of four, a philanthropist, and a University of Colorado regent, Ganahl told the Post that “As a candidate for governor, but more than anything as a parent, my concern is that distractions like children dressing up in costumes at school detract from the reality that 60% of our kids are not performing at grade level. It’s tragic that we are failing our children. We need to make them our priority.”

Ganahl is running against incumbent Democrat Gov. Jared Polis, a leftist who positions himself as a moderate.

Kyle Clark of NBC Denver affiliate 9 News posted a Twitter thread about the allegations, including that the Ganahl campaign “is collecting and distributing photos of children they believe are identifying as animals.”

During an interview with ABC Colorado Springs affiliate KRDO-TV, Ganahl suggested that she has receipts.

“I’m out on the campaign trail talking to parents every day, and this is this really weird phenomenon that’s happening in middle schools and high schools that’s actually been going on for a couple of years called ‘furries.’

“You know, kids — they’ve gone through a really tough time. And they’re struggling, so I have a lot of compassion for kids that are having difficulty right now. But schools tolerating kids dressing up as cats is not appropriate…we have all the parents across the Denver metro area, at least, sending emails and examples…”

Watch/listen to the clip embedded below and draw your own conclusions:

There is some good news coming out of all this: “Ganahl has not claimed that Colorado schools are employing litter boxes,” the Post noted.

This particular controversy could, in the end, moreover, turn out to be an urban/suburban myth or just a misunderstanding.

With all the identity switching that reportedly goes on in some public schools around the country with the approval, tacit or otherwise, of teachers and administrators, is anything completely out of the realm of possibility?

According to the Trafalgar Group, which tends to have a solid record of accuracy, Polis holds about an 8/1-2 point lead over Ganahl in the mail-in ballot state.

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